From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
April 15, 2014
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Veteran Affairs Committee Examines Workforce Issues

(Austin) — Today, Texas state Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26, Bexar County) chaired a hearing of the Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations (VAMI) Committee, examining the employment challenges still facing veterans and their families as they transition to civilian life.

The committee heard testimony from a variety of state agencies and veterans service organizations, hearing from experts in the field on what's being done both in the public and private sectors to ease those challenges.

The committee also heard testimony on implementation of Senate Bill 162, passed into law last year. This new law, authored by Senator Van de Putte, requires that state agencies issuing occupational licenses must offer an expedited approval process for military spouses and veterans recently separated from military service who hold comparable licenses or skills from another jurisdiction.

"I'm passionate about helping our veterans and their families find strong, middle-class jobs when they come back home," said Chair Van de Putte. "We need to cut through red tape, to make it easier for our heroes to earn a living and stay here in Texas."

Senator Van de Putte has been a member of the VAMI Committee since being elected to the Senate in 1999, and has served as Chair since 2003.